East Boston, December 20, 2010 –
Atlantic Works Gallery is proud to present Lick it Up Bitch, an exhibit by its new members inspired by wall art photographed in a hotel room in San Francisco. Deliciously tasteless, the five new members use this exhibit to explore issues of gender, consumerism, public domain and propriety. The work ranges from photography to painting and sculpture, and is highly experimental.

The public is invited to the ARTISTS’ RECEPTION on Saturday, February 5 from 6-9PM, and to visit the gallery on Fridays and Saturdays 2 – 6pm from February 5 to February 26, 2011. The public is also invited to attend Atlantic Works’s monthly THIRD THURSDAY RECEPTION on February 17 from 6-9PM. To schedule a private press viewing and interview at a more convenient time, please contact Leah Grimaldi at 508-397-1482 or leah.grimaldi@yahoo.com.

About the Artists

Justin Augspurg received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. In 2006 he was an MFA candidate at the University of New Hampshire, where he was an adjunct professor in 2005. “In the studio,” Augspurg says, “I strive to be open to any idea or impulse, incorporating quotation and appropriation from a variety of sources, both historical and popular. I want my pictures to grow out of an obligation to freedom and acceptance.”

Mark Natale is a self-taught photographer inspired by the works of Yousuf Karsh, Roy Volkmann and Diane Arbus, and by the vision of Ray Johnson. He became interested in flyposting and its legal implications after seeing the Shephard Fairey show at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

Leah Grimaldi received her BFA from Pratt and is currently an MFA candidate at Vermont College of Fine Art. Her images and soft sculptures conjure up impure, mixed-up feelings from the way that borders divide the clean form the unclean, the disgusting from the pleasing, the appropriate and inappropriate. In her work and in life, these borders constantly shift, so the dichotomies they enforce are constantly in threat of violation.

Nick DiStefano has a background in Art History. He has worked with the Mayor’s Mural Crew in Boston and is currently working towards a Master’s in Graphic Design at the New England School of Art and Design.

Vanessa R Thompson received her MFA at Art Institute of Boston. She has exhibited her work through out New England; most recently at first Fridays at 450 Harrison Ave, Studio 213 in Boston. Her photography and instillations recall the brightly-colored Technicolor heroes and fuzzy saviors who, sometimes with nothing more than a catchphrase, helped us through our day.

Begun in 2003, ATLANTIC WORKS GALLERY, “East Boston’s Collaborative Space for Art and Ideas,” is a member-operated gallery located on the top floor of 80 Border Street on the waterfront of East Boston. It is T-accessible (near the Maverick T stop on the Blue Line). For detailed directions and other information about members and past and future shows, please see atlanticworks.org.